MCSK To Be Sued For Missing Millions In Artist’s Royalties

The Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK) and the Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO) are embroiled in a dispute regarding the distribution of royalties collected in 2023. This follows accusations of potential financial mismanagement by MCSK.

On February 21st, KECOBO chairman Joshua Kutuny publicly alleged that MCSK failed to account for Ksh56 million collected from artists’ royalties last year. He claimed this discrepancy arose during a meeting where MCSK, along with other music organizations, presented their financial records.

MCSK Denies Allegations

MCSK CEO Ezekiel Mutua vehemently denied these accusations, calling them “wild allegations” intended to mislead musicians. He announced legal action against KECOBO for spreading misinformation.

According to KECOBO, their investigation revealed a total collection of Ksh249 million from January to December 2023. However, they claim MCSK reported only Ksh209 million, raising questions about the remaining Ksh40 million. This includes Ksh26 million from joint collections and Ksh30 million from other sources like international CMOs and Google Ireland.

The legal action threatened by MCSK and the ongoing investigation by KECOBO indicate a potential escalation of this dispute. Transparency regarding the collection and distribution of royalties remains a critical concern for Kenyan musicians.

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Dennis Elnino

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